“Flintstones, we’re the Flintstones . . . the Leading Brand Moms Trust and Kids Love.” Yes, I have to admit, I trusted those vitamins at one time. I think it was about the warm fuzzies I had as a child when my mother would set the oh-so-tasty vitamins on the kitchen counter. I think my husband felt the same way. He and I actually came home on the same day with good ol’ Flintstone vitamins for our then one year-old boy. He had just graduated from his infant drops, and we were on our way to the yummy stuff.
We gave him those vitamins for all of one month before I stopped to take a look at the ingredients (click here to view). The first thing that caught my attention was the ingredient soy. Of course, it wasn’t just regular soybean oil, which would have been bad in and of itself; it was full fledge hydrogenated oil! (Had they not heard about this stuff?)
I was intrigued and started from the beginning. The next questionable ingredient that stood out was “artificial flavors.” (What exactly were those artificial flavors? And why couldn’t they use natural ones? This was a vitamin for goodness’ sakes!)
But then, it only got worse and worse: “FD&C Red #40, Yellow #6, and Blue #2 Aluminum Lake colorings.” Yes, toxic artificial dyes— all linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, and system organ toxicity among other things. *Sigh*
And as if it couldn’t get any worse: “aspartame” Yes, aspartame. One of the most dangerous substances on the market.
When you consider all this along with the fact that most vitamins are actually synthetic and therefore, fragmented imitations of what’s found in nature, you realize that just because it’s packaged as “healthy,” doesn’t mean that it is. Fragmented vitamins equals fragmented health.
Parents, we have to read those labels because it’s not just Flinstones vitamins that include these unhealthy ingredients. This was just our personal experience.
Ideally, there wouldn’t even be a need for vitamins. What did people do all of these years before we started to lose our health? They got their nourishment from the foods they ate! If we nourish our children with traditional foods (click here for more information), then we allow them to use the nourishment as God intended. The body recognizes vitamins and minerals in their natural form and is able to regain and maintain health with organic, real foods.
If, however, supplementation is still necessary, I would only consider a raw, whole-food supplement. Whole-food vitamins have all co-factors in place for easier assimilation as they are derived from real foods. The ingredients would actually include, real, whole foods and would be free of artificial and synthetic ones.
One of our favorites is the kids’ vitamin from Garden of Life. It’s not as sweet and pretty as the artificial, bad-for-your-health counterpart, but it’s definitely a product “moms can trust.” (For adults, check out Garden of Life Whole Food Raw Supplements for Women and Men.)
Take a look at your “leading-brand” vitamin. Can yours be trusted?